Man Shot by Officer Had History of Resisting Arrest

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Phillip Johnson Jr. and officer Amado Soria may not have crossed paths before Jan. 28, 2012. But Johnson was no stranger to law enforcement.

A 23 news investigation reveals Johnson had a lengthy criminal record. At 29-years-old he had faced 66 cases in Winnebago County.

He was arrested seven times for resisting arrest or obstructing justice. In one case court documents show he ran from a car during a traffic stop, and in another case he tried to jump a fence to get away from police.

Police still won't say whether the gun they found in the car Saturday night belonged to Johnson. The Winnebago County Integrity Task Force is still investigating whether or not the officer's use of deadly force was justified.

But it's not the first time Soria has been in hot water either.

Just after Christmas in 2008... Officer Soria was one of seven police officers sued in a civil rights case. The man they arrested said he got two black eyes from another officer and Soria should have given him medical attention before driving him to jail.

But the man dropped the case in September. Soria received the Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in 2003 for saving a man from a burning building. He's been an officer for 18 years.


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  • by tired of the excuses from rockford residents!! on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    Ok I'm sick and tired of people saying "he had kids" everytime someone gets killed so people should feel sorry for him. Well you'd think if he cared and wanted to be a good role model this would of never happened because he would be home with his kids!
  • by CCW Location: Rockford on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    This guy got what he deserved. I'm glad the cops got him before he had a chance to get me. Thank you RPD.
  • by dino Location: wincty on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    This person was a pro criminal,PERIOD.
  • by laaalalal Location: rockford on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    all u guys are going to hell for talking bad about a dead man
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    I do not understand what a persons background has to do with a officer taking their life away from them. The police shot this man without knowing who he was. How is his background relevant to being shot down by yet another Rockford police? For the people that are commenting saying he deserved this, how can I you say this when you didn't know him? One you are judging and no one has the right too, and second what if this was your love one that was shot down in COLD blood and had 66 arrests for whatever reason does that give them the right to be shot down. Do you even know the last time he was in trouble, people do change. This man had children that looked up to him and know they can't ever see their father. When you commend ask yourself what if it was me or my love one. ROCKFORD police harasses african american men on the w. side of Rockford and it legal. All black men are not a threat, white, chinese, or what ever ethinic background can have a past, but who gives us the right to judge.
  • by Ms Cole Location: Rockford on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    To all of you who has something to say negatively about Phillip. Regardless of how many times he has come in contact with the law nobody deserves to die from a trigger happy police. Too many people are dying by the hands of the ones who are suppose to "protect and serve" Police are dirty too..just because they have a badge does not mean they are trying to protect you. Now to the ignorant person who stated that " he's no angel." He's our angel just like you'd consider your family. May he rest in peace and justice will be served because the Almighty GOD has the last say in life PERIOD! Even yours so be careful what you say upon someone else's life cause these same police who you are trying to say done the right thing when you dont know the situation..might put a bulet in you or someone you love. It never ceases to amaze me the lack of ignorance and stupidity that is posted on these reports whenever one is written. Dont always assume about a person especially if you do not know the story, and you should not believe everything you. There are 3 sides to every story. Phillip's, The officer , and GOD. The rest of the world is just reading so stop judging my nephew esspecialy if you did not know him. Thank you and respect our privacy.. Although what I said," WILL GO OVER SOME OF YOUR HEADS..ITS OKAY!I DEAL WITH STUPID,IGNORANT, AND, JUDGEMENTAL PEOPLE EVERYDAY..SO YOU REALLY DONT MATTER. Now Enjoy your day and rest in peace Phillip. We luv you baby!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    I watched the story when it was reported on the news, Meghan Dwyer said it was hard to find all the cases because this "angel" used several different names and would give police officers false information when he was arrested. I assume if you are looking at a criminal website yourself, that could be why they don't all show up.
  • by John Location: Rockford on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    We let this guy back into society 60 times??? Duh!!!
  • by huh? on Feb 1, 2012 at 06:12 PM
    for the last 15 years this dude has been getting arressted at least 4 1/2 times per yr lol...that officer seriously did us all a favor because he just has no home trainning nor any clue.
  • by Peggy on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    "Paper can't refuse ink" - not everything written is factual...66 Cases is just not. At least not in Winnebago County. Many of the Phillip K. Johnson entries are traffic tickets on the same date, appears 6 felonies accusations - most dismissed and several misdemeanors - many dismissed. To infer 66 cases is just wrong. And to bring up something the police officer was accused of long ago - so what... Get some real news with some semblance of facts...
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